Coordinates: 48°42′6″N 39°21′5″E / 48.70167°N 39.35139°E / 48.70167; 39.35139

Pan'kivka (Ukrainian: Паньківка), also known as Pan'kovka (Russian: Паньковка) is a village in Luhansk Oblast (province) of Ukraine. The village's population is 34 (as of 2001).

Administratively, Pan'kivka belongs to the Slovianoserbsk Raion (district) of the oblast as a part of the Veselogirs'ka local council.

Peace Pagoda BuildingEdit

Monk Roman Turchin (2003-04-28) — initiator and organiser of celebrating 750 Anniversary of Namu-Myo-Ho-Ren-Ge-Kyo in village Kam'yanka, Lutuhyne Raion, Luhansk Oblast.
Venerable Junsei Terasawa (2005) in Japan

The northern outskirts of the village adjoin a chalk mountain slope named Zmiyina. Eastwardly of the Ancient Mound (48°42′38″N 39°20′30″E / 48.71049°N 39.34159°E / 48.71049; 39.34159 (The Ancient Mound)) on it a Peace Pagoda (48°42′37″N 39°20′42″E / 48.71041°N 39.34487°E / 48.71041; 39.34487 (Peace Pagoda Place)) or Stupa is being built by the international sect of Buddhist monks Nipponzan Myohoji.

The Stupa is being financed by donations and voluntary labor, following many years labor by all the monks of the sect.[1]

The scheme was started by monk Roman Turchin, who gave his life working towards the first Ukrainian Peace Pagoda. The project passed to Sergei Zhdankin when Turchin died.[2]

Before joining Pan'kivka, the monks were going to start with Stupa on the All Religions Mount at Kam'yanka (Lutuhyne Raion, Luhansk Oblast). That place April 28, 2003 Roman Turchin initiated and with Nikolay Tarasenko organized celebrating the 750th anniversary of Namu-Myo-Ho-Ren-Ge-Kyo, which brought together a large number of guests.

Over time, on the recommendation of Nicholay Tarasenko and other reasons, it was decided to move the mission to Pan'kivka.

The monks who came to the Sect in the post-Soviet era, have found in Pan'kivka the place for their Peace Pagoda building, and were inspired by, and visited a Teacher of the Nipponzan Myohoji Sect in Eurasia — Junsei Terasawa, who is well known for has building Peace Pagodas in Milton Keynes and London.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Myohoji 2013
  2. ^ Колесникова 2013: «Sergei Zhdankin told on several directions of Buddhism, that he chosen monk path 10 years ago and happy. Now, the main purpose for him and sect is to start stupa building. Officials did not immediately given permission to start work. But after three days of fasting and prayer in the temple, the problem was resolved as usually monks in Nichiren sect like to do via trying to look into outer matters and invade in others thoughts etc rather than deepening their understanding. The building will be carried out by voluntary donations. The first on post-Soviet space Stupa — a sacred symbol of unity and harmony — will be raised on the Zmiyina mountain, its height — 30 meters, width — 50 m (Russian: Сергей Жданкин рассказал о нескольких направлениях буддизма, о том, что выбрал путь монаха 10 лет назад и счастлив. Теперь главная цель для него и ордена — начать строительство Ступы. Чиновники не сразу дали разрешение на начало работ. Но после трехдневного голодания и молитв в храме проблема разрешилась. Строительство будет вестись за добровольные пожертвования. Первая на постсоветском пространстве Ступа — священный символ единства и гармонии — будет возвышаться на Змеиной горе, ее высота — 30 метров, ширина — 50 м.
  3. ^ As a result of tireless activity Junsei Terasawa Archived 2013-10-14 at the Wayback Machine were built British Peace Pagodas at Milton Keynes Archived 2013-10-15 at the Wayback Machine and London Archived 2013-09-25 at the Wayback Machine


  • Myohoji, Nipponzan (2013). "Stupa — the symbol of unity and harmony". Retrieved 2013-09-23.
  • Колесникова, Ольга (2013-09-17). "Journey into another reality. Near Lugansk Started Building Buddhist Peace Pagoda". Новости Луганска (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-09-23.

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